Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
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Torres del Paine W Trek 4-Day Tour (short version)

Self-guided tour with all services included to walk the W Trek in as few as 4 days

(40 reviews)

ūüóďÔłŹ Limited availability, we recommend booking in advance.

Puerto Natales
4 days
Self-guided
Starts: From Rodoviario bus station in Puerto Natales at 07:00 AM
Ends: To Puerto Natales Rodoviario bus station at 9:30 PM
Free cancellation!

Briefing

The W Trek is the most popular hiking route in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Howlanders Torres del Paine W Trek 4-Day Tour (short version) is a self-guided tour that will allow you to hike the circuit to the first viewpoint of Grey Glacier in only 4 days.

Our tour includes all the necessary services to complete the trek: transfers from Puerto Natales, entrance to the park, full board accommodation, and a welcome kit. Lodging can be at a camping site (with all the camping equipment already set up) or in a shared room in a lodge (bunk beds). The first night you will stay in the Central or Chileno Sector and the second and third nights in the Francés or Cuernos Sector (according to availability).

This program is designed for adventurers who have less time to complete the W Trek in Chilean Patagonia. With the 4-day W Torres del Paine Tour, you will not be able to reach the Grey Sector or the hanging bridges in front of the Grey Glacier due to lack of time. If you want to enjoy the most complete experience and reach the Grey Sector, book the 5-day Torres del Paine W Trek tour.

Tour details

Included

  • Park access ticket
  • Transfer by bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (round trip).
  • Catamaran ticket (Paine Grande - Pudeto)
  • 1 night of lodging in Central Sector
  • 2 nights of lodging in Franc√©s Sector or Cuernos
  • Full board (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
  • Welcome Kit (towel + liner + refillable bottle + notebook + map)

Not included

  • Breakfast day 1
  • Dinner day 4
  • Beverages
  • Guide (available as an extra)
  • Luggage porter (available as an extra)

Important information

Lodging options: 

Camping: includes all camping equipment: sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent already set up. They are tents with capacity for 2 people and you will be assigned a tent just for you in case you are a single person.

"Refugio": these are shared rooms with 4 or 6 beds at "mountain hostel" and includes sheets and blankets or sleeping bags, depending on the "refugio".

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation!

  • If you cancel at least 90 days before the start of the tour, you will receive a 100% refund of the amount paid.
  • If you cancel between 89 and 60 days before the start of the tour, you will receive a 80% refund of the total cost.
  • If you cancel between 59 and 45 days before the start of the tour, you will receive a 50% refund of the total cost.

After this time or in case of not doing the activity, no refund will be made..

*The same policies apply to reservation modifications.

Tour itinerary

W Trek 4 Days

Welcome W Trek 4 Days

We know that a 4-day mountain route needs a good planning, that's why a briefing (explanation of the tour) is done in person or online. 

In addition, a few days before your arrival in Puerto Natales you will receive an email with instructions to pick up your welcome kit (which includes tickets, map, metal bottle...) and solve any last minute doubts you may have.

entrance to puerto natales with a welcome sign

DAY 1 Puerto Natales - Trekking Base Torres del Paine

Difficulty: Medium - High

Distance: 13,67 mi. (22 km) (returning to Central Sector) / 10,5 mi. (17 km) (ending in Chileno Sector)

Total approximate time: 9:00 hours

Positive difference in altitude: 3517,06 ft. (1.072m)

Lodging: Central or Chileno Sector

‚ú® Highlights: Base Torres Lookout Point

Access to Torres del Paine National Park

The first day of the Torres del Paine 4 Days tour will start early. You will have to go to the bus station in Puerto Natales, where you will take the bus to the park departing at 07:00 in the morning. 

The bus will take you to the Laguna Amarga welcome center. There you will register as a visitor and enter the park.

welcome center

Torres del Paine Base Trekking

Once inside the park, you will take a minibus that will take you to the Welcome Center and from there you will start the Base Torres del Paine trekking.

The route of the first day will be the iconic ascent to the Base Torres viewpoint. 22 km of route divided in 3 parts: initial slope, descent and final ascent. 

The trail will start flat for 2 km. You will cross the Ascencio River Valley until you reach the first steep section of the route. This will be followed by 3 km of trail until you reach the Paso de los Vientos.

smiling girl in Ascencio River Valley

Lenga Forest - La Morrena - Base Torres Lookout Point

You will continue along a flat stretch of 4 km that passes through the Chileno Sector. You will enter a totally different ecosystem when the trail crosses a lenga forest and ends at the beginning of the third section. We recommend that you stop here and fill up your water bottle before facing the final stretch.

For almost 2 km you will find your own path between big rocks. The slope is hard but the reward is amazing: you will reach the viewpoint Base Torres del Paine.

La Morrena

Torres del Paine Base Viewpoint

From this viewpoint you can enjoy views of the famous granite towers that give the national park its name and the Torres del Paine Lake. 

Central or Chileno Sector

After the break, you will start your way back along the same trail, until you reach the Central or Chileno Sector, where you will have to check-in at the reception of the lodge and you will be assigned your time for dinner and breakfast the next day. Afterwards you will have free time to rest, shower, have a drink at the bar and have dinner.

ūüí¨ Note that the Chilean Sector is located 5 km away from the Central Sector, so if you stay in the Chilean Sector your route on day 1 will be shorter. Accommodation in Sector Chileno is assigned when Sector Central is full and only camping is available.

frances viewpoint

DAY 2 Francés Sector Trekking

Difficulty: Medium

Distance: 8 mi. (13.2 km) to Cuernos Sector / 10,5 mi. (17 km) to Francés Sector.

Total approximate time: 4:30 hours to Cuernos Sector / 6:30 hours to Franc√©s Sector. 

Positive vertical drop: 1115,49 ft. (340 m.) up to Cuernos Sector / 1706 ft. (520 m.) up to Franc√©s Sector. 

Lodging: Francés Sector or Cuernos Sector

✨ Highlights: Lake Nordenskjöld

Lake Nordenskjöld

After breakfast, the second day in Torres del Paine begins with the least demanding stage. In this section there is very little elevation gain and the trail is in very good condition. During this day you will walk along the Nordenskjöld lake, cross a small river and walk some stretches along the beaches that form next to the lake.

Almirante Nieto Mountain - Cuernos del Paine

During most of the route the background scenery is Cerro Almirante Nieto and the Cuernos del Paine. Patagonia in all its splendor as a backdrop.

Lake Nordenskjöld

Francés Sector in Torres del Paine

Without a doubt, this is the best day to enjoy the scenery without rushing, as you will walk for 4:30 - 6:30 hours (depending on the location of your accommodation). So you can take it easy and enjoy the views.

Both the French and Cuernos Sectors have the smallest and coziest lodges and campsites. Some travelers prefer to stay in the Francés Sector to take a few kilometers off the next day's route, while others prefer to enjoy the Cuernos Sector, our favorite sector because of the lodge’s atmosphere.

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Please note that if you stayed in the Chileno Sector the night before, your route will be 5 Km longer.

The Torres del Paine 4 Days tour includes the second and third night of lodging in the Franc√©s Sector or Cuernos Sector depending on availability. Both are good options. If you have a preference, please let us know when you make your reservation and we will do our best to adapt your program.

refugio french sector

DAY 3 French Valley Trekking

Difficulty: Medium-High

Distance: 11,18 mi. (18 km) from Cuernos Sector / 9,32 mi. (15 km) from Francés Sector.

Total approximate time: 9 hours from Cuernos Sector / 8 hours from Franc√©s Sector. 

Positive elevation gain: 3215,22 ft. (980 m.) from Cuernos Sector / 2624 ft. (800 m.) from Francés Sector.

Lodging: Francés Sector or Cuernos

‚ú® Highlights: French Lookout + British Lookout.

Italian Camp - French Lookout

The penultimate day of the route w in 4 days is one of the most demanding due to the cumulative elevation gain to reach the French and British viewpoints.

If you start from the Cuernos Sector, the first stretch until you reach the Franc√©s Sector will be a flat 4 km. It continues with a stretch of 1.4 km to the intersection where the trail splits in two. One trail ascends to the French and British lookout and the other continues to Paine Grande. 

You will take the road that goes up to the viewpoints and walk 1 km to "Campamento Italiano". This camp is for the exclusive use of CONAF park rangers and offers a "nursery" service. Many travelers leave their large backpack here in order not to carry it during the climb to the viewpoints, and only carry a small backpack with water, warm clothes and snacks. 

The hike to the French lookout begins, a 2.5 km walk with 300 meters of elevation gain.

French Lookout

Torres del Paine British Lookout

Once at the French viewpoint you can continue to the British viewpoint, 4 km long with 280 meters of elevation gain. When you reach the viewpoint you will find a rocky area that you can climb to take the best picture of the British viewpoint and enjoy the best views. 

views from British viewpoint

Skottsberg Lake

To finish the route, you will return along the same path and pick up the backpack from the "nursery". Afterwards, you will continue walking the remaining km to the Franc√©s or Cuernos Sector with a slight negative slope that your legs will be grateful for. 

If you are staying in the Cuernos Sector on the third night of the tour, you will have to add another 3 km to the route.

Skottsberg Lake

DAY 4 Trekking to Paine Grande or Grey and return to Puerto Natales

Difficulty: Medium-High

Distance: 19,57 mi. (31.5 km.) from Franc√©s Sector / 21,43 mi (34.5 km). from Cuernos Sector

Approximate time: 9 hours from Francés Sector / 10 hours from Cuernos Sector.

Positive elevation gain: 885,82 ft. (270 m.) from Franc√©s Sector / 1476,38 ft. (450 m.) from Cuernos Sector

Lodging: not included (return to Puerto Natales)

‚ú® Highlights: First Grey glacier viewpoint.

Mount Paine Grande

The last day of the Torres del Paine tour in 4 days is a 14 km route to the Paine Grande sector. During the route some sections have wooden walkways to promote the revegetation of an area that suffered a fire. In addition to crossing a river by a suspension bridge and enjoy the views of both the lake and the Cerro Paine Grande.

First viewpoint of Grey Glacier

Only a few well-trained travelers manage to reach the first viewpoint of the Grey Glacier on this day, as the route is more than 30 km long. This viewpoint is so popular because it allows you to admire the magnitude of this glacier and see its ice floes floating on Lake Grey. 

views from Lago Grey viewpoint with glacier grey on the back

Paine Grande ūüöĘ Pudeto ūüöĆ Puerto Natales

Once in Paine Grande you will have to go to the pier to take the catamaran that will take you to Pudeto (the catamaran ticket is included in the price of the tour). In Pudeto you will board the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales, where you will arrive at 09:30 PM.

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Please make sure you calculate your walking time well, as you will need to arrive at the pier at least 20 minutes before the departure of the catamaran.

group paine grande wharf

What to bring to Torres del Paine W Trek 4-Day Tour (short version)

The weather in Patagonia is very changeable. It is said that you can experience all four seasons in one day. Also, during the summer (when the tour takes place), strong winds are very common. Therefore, we advise you to bring clothing for different climates, ideally the 3-layer system. We recommend that the weight of your backpack does not exceed 10% of your body weight and below is a guideline list, but you know better than anyone what your needs are in the mountains.

  • Passport
  • PDI: Migratory card (foreign travelers not residing in Chile)
  • Accommodation reservation ticket
  • Hiking pants: thin or short.
  • Long hiking pants for extra warmth
  • First layer: thermal T-shirt
  • Middle layer: fleece or similar
  • Outer layer: waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket or fleece
  • Cap or hat
  • Mountain footwear (waterproof boots if possible)
  • Resting slippers
  • Sandals (for showers)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Flashlight and battery (especially useful in campgrounds)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking sticks
  • Cash (USD or CLP)
  • Medium trekking backpack (40 liters approx.)
  • Small trekking backpack (15 liters) for use in the sections with return to the same sector.
  • Long/short sleeve T-shirts
  • Padlock for lockers use

Where does the tour Torres del Paine W Trek 4-Day Tour (short version) start

The tour starts in the city of Puerto Natales. If you are traveling from Santiago de Chile the best option is to fly directly to Puerto Natales or take a flight to Punta Arenas, and from there you can take a bus that in only 3:15 hours will take you to the bus station in Puerto Natales or book a private transportation service with us.

If you are traveling from El Calafate (Argentina), there are buses that connect directly to Puerto Natales in a 5 hour trip or you can book with us the transfer from El Calafate to Puerto Natales or the direct transfer between El Calafate and Torres del Paine.

Questions & Answers

  • My dates are not available, is there an alternative?

    Yes, Howlanders will do everything possible to help you do this route, offering you different dates, itinerary modifications, etc... do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Can I do the 4-day W Circuit tour in the opposite direction?

    Yes, it is possible to start in Paine Grande and the Grey Glacier area and finish in Base Torres, just contact us to request this modification.

  • What are the lodges in Torres del Paine National Park like?

    The lodges are very well equipped, with large communal areas where you can rest and have a drink. All of them have a large dining room that is also used by travelers staying at the campsite. They also have a bar where travelers meet to chat and have a drink. Finally, the showers in the lodges are better and do not have schedules, as the showers in the campsites have a schedule of use. We have created a post in our blog for you to get to know the different shelters in the park.

  • Do I have a private room in the lodges?

    Normally all the rooms in the lodges are shared with approximately 6 people, have good beds, reading light and plug next to the bed. Although there are some private options in some sectors, such as the cabins in Sector Cuernos.
  • How are the campsites in Torres del Paine National Park?

    There are two types of camping depending on the sector. In some sectors they are tents mounted on wooden structures, in others they are "glamping", a large tent raised off the ground, very similar to those used in safaris to install on top of the 4x4. In addition, all campsites have their own toilets and showers (with limited hours) and a common kitchen, which you will not have to use, as the tour includes all meals served in the dining room of the lodge. You can see the different types of camping in the pictures of the tour, also in the following link you can see the campsites in each sector.

  • Is lunch included and where do you eat at lunchtime?

    Yes, the tour includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast and dinner are served at the lodge, even if you are staying at a campsite. A "lunchbox" is provided for lunch that you will pick up at breakfast time and that you will be able to enjoy along the tour.
  • What food is included in the lunch-box?

    The lunchbox consists of specific foods for physical activity: nuts, cereal bars, fruit, a sandwich and some sweets.
  • To make a reservation as a Chilean traveler or foreigner residing in Chile, what documentation do I need to present?

    The reservation can be processed normally and then you will be asked to present a valid passport or identity document proving nationality or residence. If this documentation is not presented, it will be necessary to pay the difference in price with the non-resident foreign traveler rate in Chile.
  • What documentation do I need to bring to access Torres del Paine National Park?

    To access Torres del Paine National Park, you must present your valid passport, as well as the park entrance ticket and the documentation to reserve lodging in the different sectors, which will be given to you the day before at the Puerto Natales office, and if you are a foreign traveler not residing in Chile, you must present the immigration card that is given to you when you enter Chile at each lodging.
  • Do I have to carry all my luggage to Torres del Paine?

    No, from Howlanders we recommend you to take only what you need to do the trek for 6 days and leave the rest of the luggage in the luggage room of your accommodation in Puerto Natales.
  • Do I have to carry my backpack for the entire tour?

    During most of the route you must carry your backpack, except in the 3 areas where you return by the same route: ascent to Torres base, ascent to British/French viewpoints and ascent to Grey glacier.
  • Where do I leave my luggage in that case?

    You can leave your luggage either in your accommodation or in the "nurseries", which despite not being guarded are considered safe because travelers are respectful and there are no security problems or theft. However, we recommend that you take your valuables with you.
  • Can I do the W Circuit 6 days with a guide or porter?

    Yes, if you want to walk the W circuit trails with a private professional mountain guide (exclusively for your group) or a porter to help you carry your backpack, just contact us.

  • Is the porter service only offered for 3 days?

    Yes, since the first day is not necessary because you are not moving to another sector.

  • What is a self-guided tour?

    It is a route in which you do not have a guide and you will walk at your own pace. This self-guided tour is very easy to follow, since the paths are very well indicated and a map is provided explaining both the route and the areas where it takes place.
  • Where does the bus to Torres del Paine National Park leave from?

    The bus leaves from Puerto Natales station, which is known as 'Terminal Rodoviario'. Puerto Natales is a small town, so you can walk there in less than 20 minutes or take a cab.
  • Do I have to carry a lot of water?

    No, just make sure you bring a refillable bottle, the one provided in the welcome kit, for example. Drinking water is available at the refuges and campsites and during the tour you can refill your bottle directly from the rivers, as it is drinkable and cool ūüėä.
  • Do I have to carry my camping equipment during the tour?

    No, the tents are set up at the campsites and upon arrival you will be told which tent you have been assigned, which will already be set up and equipped with a mat and sleeping bag.

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